Management Team

  • Caroline Halili

    Caroline Halili is an award-winning designer working in marketing and advertising for the education, travel; tourism, hospitality, home improvement, entertainment, healthcare and self-care sectors. She is currently creative director at Halili Design and founder of Holden’s Hope Train, a nonprofit charity providing support to children fighting cancer and their families. She lives by the motto […]

  • Sara Michel

    Sara is temporarily replacing Dan Harris as Program Director from March until the end of June 2020, at which time Dan will resume his position. Sara has been working with the Provincial and Regional Councils for International Cooperation through the Inter-Council Network since April of 2017. Sara was working at the BCCIC office when BCCIC hosted the ICN from […]

  • Dr. Zosa Gruber (nee De Sas Kropiwnicki)

    Senior Policy Analyst & Gender Specialist Dr. Zosa De Sas Kropiwnicki-Gruber is a Senior Policy Analyst & Gender Specialist at BCCIC. She has a doctorate in International Development Studies from the University of Oxford, as well as two Masters degrees in Political Science and Social Policy from Leeds University and Rhodes University, respectively. Zosa has […]

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    Rowen Siemens

    Communications Officer Rowen Siemens is the Communications Officer at the BC Council for International Cooperation, and she is grateful for the opportunity to live, work, and play on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded Indigenous territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) peoples. Rowen has a Masters in Human Rights from the London […]

  • Laurel Wayne-Nixon

    Officer Manager & Head of Partnership Development Laurel moved to Vancouver in the summer of 2018 to do an internship with BCCIC. She had spent the previous year in Norway, busy with the first year of her Masters in International Environmental Studies. Prior to moving abroad, Laurel lived in Victoria and attained a BA in […]

  • Brennan Strandberg-Salmon

    Brennan is a second-year Bachelor of Environment student at SFU, majoring in Resource and Environmental Management. He hopes to pursue a career in environmental solutions and innovation. As a youth environmental leader, he initiates efforts to improve the environment, including stream stewardship, bee pollinator habitat, water quality, environmental education, and other efforts. He recruits and […]

  • Jose Lamyin

    Jose is Managing Partner of Deetken Impact, a private asset management company focused on impact investing in emerging markets. Deetken Impact is a signatory to the UN Global Compact and a certified B Corporation. The aim of Deetken Impact investments is to achieve strong, stable returns while creating meaningful positive social or environmental benefits for […]

  • Shirin Kiani

    Shirin has worked as a disability specialist in humanitarian aid and international development for the last 11 years, mainly with an NGO called ‘Humanity and Inclusion’ (previously called Handicap International) in countries such as Sri Lanka, Nepal, Haiti, Iraq, Laos and Syria. The focus of her work has been to ensure persons with injuries and […]